Marathon talks on trade liberalisation have collapsed at the World Trade Organisation. Participants blamed a failure to compromise over measures to protect farmers. The sessions, chaired by WTO chief Pascal Lamy, failed after nine days of intense negotiations.
Washington had opposed a push from India, China and Indonesia to secure protection for their farmers if they were faced with sudden surges of cheap farm imports. The impasse derails substantial progress that had been made on other agricultural, manufacturing and services trade issues